May 21, 2013

Teen Book Festival 2013 Recap + Giveaway!!

This past Saturday, May 18th, I was fortunate enough to be able to go the eighth annual Teen Book Festival in Rochester, NY at Nazareth Collage. This is an event where many different YA and Middle Grade authors are able to join their readers for Q&A sessions, and autographing session.

Readers were able to go to four different sessions of their choice, depending on the authors they enjoyed reading. The four different sessions at which I went to were

-Jessica Brody, Lauren DeStefano, Marissa Meyer, & Mary Pearson
-Writing Workshop
-Andrea Cremer & David Levithan
-Susane Colasanti, Jennifer E. Smith, Stephanie Kate Strohm, & Sara Zarr

Before heading to their first session, readers had the chance to buy books, souvenirs, and enter giveaways. At 10:00 AM authors were introduced by Guy Smiley who stated two facts about the author and asked them a question about their books. 

Before heading to their first session, readers had the chance to buy books, souvenirs, and enter giveaways. At 10:00 AM authors were introduced by Guy Smiley who stated two facts about the author and asked them a question about their books. 

Unfortunately Stacey Kade had lost her voice so she had to communicate through her iPhone. Thank you Steve Jobs!

Session I: Jessica Brody, Lauren DeStefano, Marissa Meyer, & Mary Pearson
The first session I went to was a Q&A session with four authors as the panelist.

The Panelists:
Marissa Meyer, author of The Lunar Chronicles
Lauren DeStefano, author of The Chemical Gardens
Jessica Brody, author of UNREMEMBERED
Mary Pearson, author of the Jenna Fox Chronicles

Facts about the Authors:
Marissa Meyer revealed that she has the outline of all four books in her series all planned out before she wrote one word of CINDER. She started writing with Sailor Moon fanfics, and she gets the last names of her characters from movie credits.

Lauren DeStefano is a huge fan of Libba Bray. She hates looking at her word count, and she refuses to believe that anyone actually reads her books.

Jessica Brody uses a method of outlining her books called “Save the Cat”. She hates researching when she’s writing a book, she would rather just make stuff up. When someone asked her on advice for writing a book she replied, “Don’t be afraid to write crap, because crap makes great fertilizer.”

Mary Pearson found that her writing process changes for every book. She keeps a goal of how many words to write each day, and she loves to read books by Lady Taylor.

Session II: Writing Workshop
The writing workshop was taught by a group of people who work at a writing school in Rochester. They had us watch a video about the 3 Commandments of Storytelling by the king of storytelling himself, Andrew Stanton. Andrew Stanton is the writer of Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and Wall-E.

The 3 Commandments of Storytelling:
  1.      A story should start off with a well-told "promise", like a hook or sales pitch
  2.       Know your rules and know when to break them
  3.       Create a character that looks bad , but still the crowd still cares for.

     Here's the video if you're interested:

Session III: Andrea Cremer & David Levithan
The Panelists:
Andrea Cremer, author of Nightshade series.
David Levithan, author of EVERY DAY.
Facts about the Authors:
Andrea Cremer loves both her series, Nightshade and Rift, but she prefers Rift because she writes about the medieval period for which she has a PhD in. She also had four tattoos.
David Levithan is an editor and an author. He also co-writes on many of his books.
This was probably my favorite session. The first thing that Andrea Cremer and David Levithan did was read a chapter from INVISIBILITY, the book that they wrote together. It was one of the most magical things I had ever seen. They fit into their characters places exactly, and were totally confident with what they were doing. INVISIBILITY was Andrea’s first stand alone novel, while it was David’s first paranormal novel. 
I swear if they made the audio book together I'd be the first one to buy it!
Session IV: Susane Colasanti, Jennifer E. Smith, Stephanie Kate Strohm, & Sara Zarr
The Panelists:
Susane Colasanti, author of ALL I NEED
Jennifer E. Smith, author of THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE
Stephanie Kate Strohm, author of PILGRIMS DON’T WEAR PINK
Sara Zarr, author of THE LUCY VARIATIONS
Facts about the Authors:
Susane Colasanti used to be a science teacher until she retired 6 years ago to keep writing her full time job, and is a huge fan of S.E. Hinton and started crying when she met her.
Jennifer E. Smith came up with her idea for THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT from talking to a 70 year old man on a seven hour flight.
Stephanie Kate Strohm is really big on girl power, and she used to be a cheerleader!
Sara Zarr really wants Judy Blume to follow her on twitter, and it took her three years to find her agent after writing her first book.
This panel was really interesting to see how all the female contemporary writer fit. I had to say I loved Susane Colasanti’s spunk!
After all the sessions, readers were able to go get their books autographed. It was so much fun waiting in line with other readers discussing what we loved about a certain author!!
Now there were a lot of signings and a LOT of swag. What do those two combined give you? A GIVEAWAY!!
I have a bunch of signed swag from the authors there and there will be two winners! The prizes are a big from TBF and signed swag!
Here are the prizes, just fill out the rafflecopter below! Giveaway ends June 5th so enter now! *UPDATE* I forgot to say but the giveaway is for US and Canada only. Sorry to all you international readers, but I'm always having giveaways for e-books!
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  1. Welp, I really wanted to meet Marissa Meyer, but I couldn't go because of stuff. :( I really hope she comes again next year!

    1. She is such an amazing lady! You will really enjoy talking to her.

  2. WOW I am extremely jealous of you right now. All of those best-selling authors in person, Gah why can't that be me. I found it really interested that Marisa outlines the first four before touching the first. Thanks for the facts, I found them really cool. It's funny because today I went to the Sydney Writers Festival and met Libba Bray who was just pure awesomeness!! Cool Post :D

    Oh is the giveaway International? I'd love to enter!

    1. I saw your post. I would love to met Libba Bray!!

      The giveaway is to US and Canada only, but if you have family in either you could tell me their address!

      If not, I'm having a e-book giveaway for Shucked by Megg Jensen!!

  3. Looks like you had a really great day! It must have been really good to meet so many authors. :)

    1. It was such a fun time. It was my first time meeting any author so definitely a memorable day! :)

  4. Wow! This is really cool! I so wish I could have gone, but alas, Florida is a long ways from NY!!

    1. Also, an author I would really like to meet is Marissa Meyer, I loved Cinder so much I passed it on to an aunt & my mom!

    2. That is great that you passed it along to them. Now if I could get the people besides my sister in my family to read...

      Florida is a long way off but I'm pretty sure you guys get lots of other author visits right?

  5. I wanted to meet Marissa Meyer !!!!!!

  6. I'd honestly be happy to meet any author. I've never met one before. :( I would LOVE to meet A.G. Howard, Kasie West, and Lisa Schroeder. <3

    1. This was my first time meeting an author too. Don't worry! Your time will come soo too!! I love Kasie West!!! Pivot Point was amazing. <3

  7. So jealous because I didn't know about this! Especially that you got to listen to David Levithan! I've met only one author in my life: Nicholas Sparks, twas awesome.

    1. I've never met Nicholas Sparks but my friend was nice enough to get my copy of Message In A Bottle signed by him. David Levithan is a great man! You would enjoy meeting him.

  8. So cool
    - Genevieve !

  9. I'd like to meet Tamara pierce
    - Genevieve